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The first of many


Simon has reached the summit of Whernside. 1214 pull ups completed.
Next summit Scafell Pike.

Whernside is a mountain in the Yorkshire Dales in Northern England. It is the tallest of the Yorkshire ThreeWhernside Peaks, the other two being Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. It is the highest point in Yorkshire with the summit lying on the county boundary with Cumbria.
It is the fifteenth most prominent hill in England.

Whernside is located at the top of Ribblesdale, one of the southern of the Yorkshire Dales, and forms part of the Pennine mountain range, often called the Backbone of England.

Ribblehead is most famous for its stone built Ribblehead Viaduct which carries the Settle to Carlisle railway across the open moorland before passing through the tunnel under the hill known as Blea Moor on its journey through the Pennines to the English side of the West March of the Scottish Border.

Whernside behind Ribbleshead viaductLooking from the road that transverses Ribblehead, Whernside rises to form a long ridge, running north-east to south-west and forms a superb backdrop to the impressive structure of the viaduct.

This side of the mountain is a popular tourist attraction with the nearby Railway Inn, food and ice cream vendors in decent weather and plenty of parking.

From Ribblehead a footpath runs north and heads to a hill known as Smithy Hill, on to Grain Ings (Ings - Norse word for marshy land)and then west to Knoutberry Haw and finally south to Whernside itself.Viaduct in the mist

This route is a right of way and is the route taken by walkers and runners taking part in the Yorkshire 3 peak challenge (the other two peaks are Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent) but there are many other paths up and around the mountain that can be used under open access law.

Whernside does present challenges to walkers, runners and off road cyclists.
Most paths are muddy and boggy and there are steep parts that require great care and then there is the weather.

Like most of the Pennines, indeed many hills and mountains around the world, the weather can be treacherous with sudden squalls, high winds, horizontal rain and rapidly descending fog.
And that's in the summer. If you want to conquer Whernside in the winter you need to be very hardy, very well dressed and for the most part very lucky!

Scafell Pike


Simon has reached the summit of Scafell Pike
Next Summit - Snowdon

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England at 978 metres above sea level. It is part of the Scafell range at the head of Eskdale in the Cumbrian Lake District.

Other peaks in the range are Scafell, Great End, Broad Crag and Ill Crag. Together with Scafell Pike they form a horseshoe of peaks separating Eskdale from Wasdale.

Scafell PikeAbove
A view of the horseshoe of the Scafell range

One odd thing about Scafell Pike is it's summit. It belongs to the National Trust and was donated to them in 1919 by Lord Leconfield in memory of the men of the Lake District who died in WWI.

Like many such peaks, the summit boasts a large cairn which was repaired by the National Trust in 2018 and carries the plaque that marks England's highest war memorial.

Above - Looking up from Eskdale

Wasdale Mountain Rescue are frequently called out to rescue walkers stranded or lost on the Scafell range, primarily on Scafell Pike. The route to the summit looks deceptively easy and is fine in good weather but Cumbria is known as the wettest county in England and sudden rain and fog can make paths slippery and quickly reduce visibility.
Couple that with ice and snow in the winter months and it pays to keep an eye on the weather forecast before attempting a hike. It also pays to dress properly and take the right kit!

Also bear in mind that climbing Scafell Pike takes time and once up there's going down to consider. There are 4 different routes.
Looking at the shortest from Wasdale Head, on a good day with fine weather allow around 4 to 5 hours if you are a fit and experienced fell walker. If not fit or inexperienced 5 to 6 hours +.

Poor weather will slow you down so if your not so experienced or fit, on a poor day allow a couple of hours more.
It pays to consider daylight hours for the time of year as well as weather conditions.

In bad weather enjoy the view from the bottom and leave the summit for another day.
Experienced hikers will so they won't be on the mountain - in fact in bad conditions you may well be alone unless there are others as daft as you are!

Mountain rescue team members are volunteers. They volunteer to risk their lives to save the lives of people who get into trouble. People have accidents and that's why they are there.
If people are stupid enough to expose themselves to danger they will still come to their assistance but please, save them the trouble. Look after yourself so they don't have to.

  Below - View over the Lakes from Scafell Pike

View from Scafell Pike


Snaw Dun (old English for Snow Hill) is the highest mountain in Wales.

The Welsh have a different name for the mountain - Yr Wyddfa. In Welsh folk-law the mountain has links to the Arthurian legend, giants and is also considered to be a home of the fairies.

Simon has reached the summit of Snowdon.
Next summit - Ben Nevis
The crag of Snowdon This Welsh mountain is popular with rock climbers. Snowdon and its surrounding peaks boast a range of slopes and cliffs ranging from medium to difficult in terms of ability.

Historically, the Snowdon Massif holds and important position in the rock climbing and mountaineering community.

One peak in the range, affectionately known as 'Cloggy' (Clogwyn Du'r Arddu) was the first recorded site of a climb in Britain. (1798)

Snowdon is also one of the mountains in the National 3 Peak Challenge, along with Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, these being the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales.

The three peaks can be walked or run, according to the ability of the participator but Snowdon is the only one of the three which offers a more leisurely option of reaching the summit.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a rack and pinion narrow gauge line constructed betweenRailway 1894 and 1896 and is a popular attraction as well as an easy way to get to the top.

Less than 5 miles long it rises to it's summit station from Llanberis.

The summit station is a little below the summit itself but a short path is all that needs to be navigate to reach the top.

There are also more modern facilities than would normally be expected at the top of a mountain.

In 2009 a new visitors centre was opened to incorporate the summit station and provide an indoor viewing area, cafe and gift shop. It replaced a series of buildings that had existed on the summit since the early 1800's. It was named Hafod Eryri - High Summer House in Snowdonia.

In theory it is now possible to get to the top of Snowdon and back again, have a cup of tea, admire the views and buy a souvenir to take home - without really having to go outside!

View from SnowdonThe real summit and summit cairn is a little above. To get to it you have to go outside but once at the top the view is spectacular.

All of Snowdonia and much of the rest of Wales is at your feet.
If there are clouds in the sky you will probably be looking down on them and when the weather allows, Ireland is visible.

For hardier souls there are a number of routes up Snowdon.

The longest and easiest track runs along the route of the railway from Llanberis.
There are seven other well used tracks ranging in length and difficulty, some occasionally meeting and crossing.

Snowdon is a popular mountain and a major tourist attraction in the spring and summer seasons. It's not the best place to get away from it all but if you don't mind other people around and your not a regular walker it is one of the few mountains in the world where you can get a lift to the top.

Mount Snowdon


Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isle
Simon has reached the top of Ben Nevis
Next summit - KosciuszkoLooking down on Ben Nevis range

Volcanic in origin, Ben Nevis stands on the western end of the Grampian mountains overlooking Loch Aber and Fort William.

There are a number of theories as to the origin of it's name.
It's Gaelic name is Beinn Nibhies. Bienn being a Gaelic word for Mountain. Nibhies is the controversial part.

The meaning of Nibhies is debated and could come from a number of roots.
One theory suggests it could originate from Gaelic for "malicious", another suggests "heaven" another "bright".
It is possible its roots may lie in the Pictish language or even Celtic.
We quite like Beinn Neamh-bhathais - "The mountain with its head in the clouds".
The steep side of Ben Nevis
There are two sides to Ben Nevis. The South side where you can walk to the summit and the North side you can only climb.

James Robertson was the first person known to have climbed Ben Nevis in 1771. He was a botanist and climbed to collect specimens.
After him came a stream of climbers and the North face is still one of the most popular ascents for rock and ice climbers in the uk.

In 1847 Ben Nevis was named as the highest mountain in the British Isle and in 1883 an observatory was built on the summit. To allow ponies to carry material to the top a path was laid.
This made it possible to walk up the mountain rather than climb.
Today many make the ascent in the summer season using a number of well trodden tracks.